Chuckster 2009-05-27 15:48:06
I replaced the lower radiator hose and yes I did the upper hose too
along with a new thermostat. I saw in the manual it takes 16 qts. of
50-50 coolant, and I can not get more than 2 gallons into the system on
the refill. I flushed out the enitre system real well with a hose after
disconnecting the heater hoses and back flushed the engine. is there
any reason why I can’t fill the system with the 16 qts?? Is there a
block plug for draining? I am really concerned about the proper mixture
since I flushed the system with water and it is “hiding” somehere. Any
info. will help. Also the lower hose is very expensive $79 !! THANKS!!
Backyard mecha 2009-05-27 15:49:07
That’s why system should be flushed… you cant get the water out of the
And that’s why it’s a good idea to put in the first gallon of AF straight.
Then alternate quart by quart. Then use coolant tester and adjust by what
you put in the overflow bottle.
Assume it’s ‘burped’, of course.
And HTH did your lower hose go bad that quick?
NEVER had that happen, since the sixties, anyway.
I think SOMEONE’s been listening to Auto Parts commercials!
Yeh, I’m a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my ‘smartass’ is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
Bob 2009-05-27 15:49:13
After a flush he should put in 2 gallons of straight antifreeze and then top
off with water to end up with a 50% mix. Otherwise he won’t get enough
antifreeze into the system to get a 50% mix. Chances are he won’t add much
if any water.
Mr inspector 2009-05-27 15:50:19
Pull the drain plugs on the block, then add a 50-50 mix. OR go pay the
dealer for a $175 system flush.
Bob 2009-05-27 15:50:32
Well sure, if it actually had drain plugs you could get at….. but it